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Canberra traffic means big business for south coast arts community

Lizette Richards and Paul Ware, of the Artery Gallery, Mossy Point. Photo: Jay Cronan Paul Ware, of the Artery Gallery, Mossy Point, says the gallery had become well known because it had been established for a long time. Photo: Jay Cronan
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Lizette Richards, of the Artery Gallery, Mossy Point, says summer is the gallery’s big trading period. Photo: Jay Cronan

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The annual pilgrimage to the south coast means big business for local art galleries that pin their hopes on tourist trade.

For Paul Ware and Lizette Richards, the owner operators of the Artery Gallery, south of Batemans Bay in Mossy Point, it is also a chance to make up for quieter months.

“During winter we may only open two days a week but summer is our big trading period so we try to get work from as many local artists as we can,” Ms Richards said.

“I think people around here know that Canberrans have money and they know that they want to spend it while they are down here.”

Ms Richards said her gallery was often filled with tourists who wondered why local cafes were not open every day during December and January as they had money to spend.

The couple, who began the gallery as a hobby in 2002 to showcase local talent, have come to rely on the summer period to boost their sales. While managing full-time work in other professions and children at school, they have spent months acquiring stock and working with local artists.

“We like to have a range of things and prices because people tend to wander in and not expect to buy something,” Ms Richards said. “We have a lot of local honey and also some bigger works as well, like furniture and paintings.”

Mr Ware, who builds furniture for the store and sells photography, said this year’s winter trading period had been worse than normal and they were hoping for better success over summer.

“We thrive on the Canberra trade over summer,” Ms Richards said. “This winter has been dead although the last few winters have been OK, we got through them just fine,” she said.

“We never used to sell much in the lead-up to christmas but that’s changed too. We would go month to month as we’re not a big business, but our Januaries have always been good.”

The couple are also preparing to work every day until the end of March to maximise their sales.

“After the school holidays finish you get a lot of older couples who travel to the coast to have a summer without all the Canberrans around, so it’s still quite busy for us, Ms Richards said. “The water is warm until Easter and we try to have as much stock as possible.”

The arts community on the south coast has been building slowly in recent years with many galleries in Mogo, south of Batemans Bay.

“There are quite a few little galleries dotted along the south coast and we are quite well known because we have been here for so long,” Mr Ware said.

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Australorp breeder Peter D’Arcy in 30-year quest for a champion chook

Australorp breeder Peter D’Arcy at his Carwoola property feeding his hens and rooster. Photo: Jeffrey ChanPeter D’Arcy does not care for the eggs of these Australorp chooks, even though the Australian breed became the world’s best layers.
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Look at that 12-month-old rooster at right. He represents Mr D’Arcy’s 30 years of breeding for the perfect bird.

“His confirmation is close to ideal, he’s broad, lovely curves, very good black round eye,” says the retired Canberra primary school teacher, with a proven eye for a champion.

The red serrated comb and wattles hanging from its throat, coal black feathers with an iridescent green tinge could earn enough points to win the Sydney Royal Easter Show next year.

Developed from English Orpingtons in the early 1900s, Australorps shot to fame when one laid 364 eggs in 365 days, smashing the record. These days commercial producers prefer high performance isa browns, which originated from France.

As backyard enthusiasts across Canberra are discovering, the French imports run out of puff after a few years, unlike the plump Aussie Australorp, a stayer of a layer.

Australorp Club of Australia president, Mr D’Arcy moved with his wife Robyn to the bush overlooking the Molonglo River at Carwoola 25 years ago.

From June, when ice lines the river and days grow shorter, lights come on at 5am in Mr D’Arcy’s breeder sheds and burn away until 10pm to coax his hens to lay.

“You nearly feel guilty when they look at you as if to say, ‘you want me to breed now’ ?” he says.

He examines his chooks for external and internal parasites. He feeds them a consistent diet which began when they were freshly hatched. Chicken crumble at first, after they are hatched in a big incubator. As day-old chicks they keep warm under lights for six to eight weeks.

Then they progress to pullet grower feed, and finally, show and breeder pellets. Sweet-smelling lucerne hay is heaped in their yard to scratch through, and vegie scraps grown from the raised plots their yards surround are served regularly.

Mr D’Arcy won best standard Australorp at the Sydney Royal Show last year, and first, third, fourth and fifth in the pullets. The previous year he won first, second and third in the pullets.

“You get a bit closer and closer, every bird you look at has a minor thing you would like to improve,” he said.

“The difficult part is a good serration – the comb, it is worth four and six points. The eyes have to be perfectly round and dark, beak has to be as dark as possible, legs have to be black with white souls and white toenails,” Mr D’Arcy says..

He travels to Cooma, Moss Vale, Bega, Sydney, Wagga, and Queenslands for the national championship. “You talk to people from a club point of view, from a breeding point of view, you swap eggs, you swap chooks,” he said.

“You can outsource [breeding]. There are good breeders around, a bloke in Bredbo, a good breeder in Bega, there used to be one of Australia’s top breeders who lived in Queanbeyan, Jim O’Malley.

Mr O’Malley became legendary when a photograph of his Australorp cockerel was chosen as the breed’s perfect chook. When the D’Arcy family lived at Farrar they named their rooster James after Mr O’Malley. James left after a neighbour complained, much to the distress of the D’Arcy’s daughters.

“They are a very quiet breed, a lot of people have hens in Canberra and the Australorp are quiet birds, neighbours would hardly know they existed,” Mr D’Arcy said.

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Apple faces $5 million class action over iPhone fault claims

Users are having problems downloading iOS 9. iPhone 4s Photo: supplied
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iOS 9 was meant to smooth out most of the rough edges left from previous versions.

Apple has been hit with a $5 million class action from 4s iPhone owners seeking damages for deceptive trade practices and false advertising.

The lawsuit comes after reports that the older model iPhone’s functions are disrupted after users upgrade to iOS 9 software.

More than 100 people have joined the class action filed on 29 December, claiming the iOS9 rendered their 4s iPhones essentially unusable, according to documents published on AppleInsider.

Planned obsolescence is at the heart of the lawsuit, with plaintiffs claiming the upgrade “interfered with the normal usage of the device”, including touchscreen responsiveness, freezes and crashes.

The lawsuit goes further, asserting that the tech giant and engineers at Cupertino were aware of the deleterious effects the iOS 9 upgrade on the 4s models through internal testing, or “other means”, yet proceeded with the upgrade regardless.

The class action is also critical of Apple’s advertising campaign, claiming it misleads consumers by suggesting the upgrade would increase the performance and battery life of the iPhones.

The final insult: a number of the plaintiffs claim they were forced to purchase new iPhones, arguing that the iOS “ecosystem” meant users were loathed to switch to a competitor.

iOS9 copped heavy criticism when it launched in September for slowing down even the latest generation iPhones.

A significant number of Apple customers complained that their mobile devices crashed after attempting to upgrade to the new upgrade, the latest in a line of launch glitches for the tech giant.

Twitter and other social media were awash with disgruntled customers reporting two distinct faults, with one appearing to be linked specifically to older models of Apple iPhones and iPads.

A poll by9to5Mac found 43 per cent of 33,000 respondents said their iPhone was “significantly slower after the update.

iOS9 claimed to have, for the most part, fixed the problem, 9to5Mac reported.

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Big Bash League: Perth’s Michael Klinger and Shaun Marsh in record stand as Renegades’ bowlers fail

Melbourne Renegades’ paucity of strike bowlers while James Pattinson is on national duty was again ruthlessly exposed, as Michael Klinger and Shaun Marsh made Perth the first team in Australia to mount a successful chase without losing a wicket.
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Klinger’s 90 from 58 deliveries and Marsh’s 76 from 54 took Perth to victory with eight balls to spare, after the Renegades had made 4-170.

The record non-derby crowd of 26,787 at Etihad Stadium would have been disappointed that the Renegades were again unable to defend a hefty total, just as happened against Sydney Sixers a week earlier. But they would have been impressed by the masterful batting of veteran Klinger and Marsh.

For Klinger, it was another reminder of his reliability as a top-order batsman in either limited-overs format. For Marsh, who spent the preceding four days carrying drinks at the MCG despite his 182 in Hobart, it continued his remarkable record in Melbourne. Since the Big Bash League expansion in 2011-12, the left-hander has scored 99 not out off 52 against the Renegades and 79 off 51 against the Stars, before Wednesday night’s effort.

Almost as pivotal to the Scorchers’ victory was their opening bowler, Jason Behrendorff. The left-armer bowled half of the powerplay overs, yet finished with 2-14, with 15 dots from his four overs, in a performance that should have caught the eye of national selectors.

The suspicion that the Renegades’ weakness is their bowling was reinforced by the Scorchers reaching 0-86 at the halfway mark. Their only nervous moments came when Marsh twice riskily lofted the ball on the leg side during the powerplay. Both times it fell safely between fielders.

By the time Marsh twice hit Hauritz over his head for sixes in the 12th over and then nudged a few singles in the next, both he and Klinger had reached their half-centuries and the Scorchers needed just 57 off the last 42 deliveries.

Earlier, the Renegades enjoyed a 98-run opening stand, with captain Aaron Finch taking the lead ahead of big-hitting West Indies batsman Chris Gayle. Gayle fell in the 12th over for 41 off 35 deliveries, but it was the loss of Finch early in the 18th over, for 72 off 48 deliveries, that was more consequential as they were unable to successfully accelerate at the death, despite having plenty of wickets in hand. Team P W L NR T Pts NRR Sydney Thunder 33—61.155Perth Scorchers 321–40.754Sydney Sixers 422–40.708Adelaide Strikers 321–4-0.081Hobart Hurricanes 321–4-1.000Melbourne Stars 312–2-0.082Melbourne Renegades 312–2-0.290Brisbane Heat 4-4–0-1.107

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Video captures man’s attempt to catch woman falling 11 storeys

Man attempts to catch woman falling 11 storeys Photo: Supplied Man attempts to catch woman falling 11 storeys Photo: Supplied
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Warning: the following contains content that may be distressing to some readers.

A former soldier has been left with serious injuries after he attempted to catch a woman who plummeted 11 storeys from a building.

The dramatic attempted rescue was captured on a surveillance camera in Chongwen Square in the Hubei Province, China.

Feng Ning, a 23-year-old army veteran can be seen in the black-and-white footage rushing into the street, his arms outstretched as a group of passers-by watch on.

Mr Feng frantically adjusts his position, darting forward and to the side, but always looking up.

A split-second later, the woman’s body falls through the top of the frame in a sickening blur. Her rapid descent knocks the man to the ground.

The woman later died of her injuries, according to Chinese news network CCTV.

Mr Feng writhes on the ground as bystanders came to his aid.

“There was a loud noise, as if it was an earthquake. Then I heard the young man screaming in pain,” a witness told CCTV.

“The young man cried and cried while sweating badly. He looked as if he was in a great pain,” the witness said.

He was taken to hospital, suffering injuries to his knee joints (torn anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments, as well as a dislocated medial ligament) and a tibial plateau fracture, according to his treating doctor.

Mr Feng was walking to a restaurant when he hear someone crying out for help from a residential building nearby, CCTV reported.

He looked skywards and saw a woman hanging from an 11th floor window, he said.

“I ran to the building, but she had already fallen before I could reach the entrance. So I got ready to catch her instead. I don’t know what happened next,” Mr Feng said, according to an English translation.

“I don’t regret. It’s a shame I couldn’t save her,” Mr Feng said from his hospital bed.

The circumstances that led to the woman’s fall is unclear.

Feng joined the army as a college student in 2013. He retired in September after full service, CCTV reported.

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